How to keep others out?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by newbph, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. newbph macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2013
    I'm a Mac newbie (after years of IBM PC) and have never worried before about keeping people out of my computer, but now it's important.
    Operating system is OS X 10.5.8. When a friend helped me transfer my files to this computer, we set up an admin password, which I of course know.
    Also, it knows me as a user by my name.

    I want to be able to shut down the computer, and then when I power it back on, for it to ask for a password and only let me in, nobody else.

    Believe it or not, I can't figure out how to do this.

    Please be kindergarten simple.
  2. wobegong Guest

    May 29, 2012
    System Preferences -> Accounts -> Login Options

    This is assuming (as it looks that you have Automatic Login enabled - if so this is where you disable it.

    Also delete any other accounts (to disable Guest click on this account and untick the boxes)

    System Preferences -> Sharing - This allows you to turn off any sort of file sharing.

    System Preferences -> Security -> FileVault - This will encrypt your hard drive so if you remove it from the machine and plug it into another nobody will be able to read the contents.

    This should be enough to be getting on with, report back if you need anything further.
  3. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    I'd just add one more.

    System Preferences>Security>General. Check the "Require password to wake this computer from sleep or screensaver" box.


    same place, check the box that says "Disable automatic login".
  4. newbph thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2013

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